BMX Tracks Built on Trails

While inspecting the open space known as the “Giant Grove,” the city’s Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) supervisor discovered bicycle motocross (BMX) tracks built on the trail (above). The tracks were quite extensive, and officials are not sure how long they had been there. They have since been removed.

The cost to demolish the BMX ramps was $2,566.80, an unexpected expense that was taken out of the Scripps Ranch MAD reserve fund. That means money was spent removing the tracks rather than on other scheduled maintenance or upkeep in our neighborhood open spaces or parks.

Not only is this dangerous, it is illegal. If you have any information regarding this activity, call the police at 484-3154.

Neighborhood Watch

Garage thefts are on the rise all over the city, including here in Scripps Ranch. Expensive bikes seem to be at the top of the thieves’ wish lists.

Criminals are in and out before anyone notices. The homeowner may be in the house for a just a moment, unloading groceries from the car. They may have opened the garage door just a bit to circulate air but enough to allow a thin person to crawl underneath. Add to that all the times we’ve been distracted by a phone call, and you can see how easy it is to forget to close the garage door.

When you drive away from your home, make sure the garage door is all the way down. Sometimes the sensor sends it right back up and you never know. There are things you can do to safeguard your expensive garage items, such as bikes, golf clubs, sports gear, and tools.

  • Don’t store them near the door where they are easy to steal.
  • Lock bikes together or to a rack.
  • There are inexpensive ceiling- mounted bike lifts, which make it difficult to access the bikes.
  • Don’t leave your purse, briefcase, laptop, or other valuables in the car. If the thief gets in your garage, he has access to your unlocked car.
  • If you notice your neighbor’s garage door open for a long time or after dark, let them know.

A thief can use a wire hanger to break into your garage. They insert the hanger in the space at the top of the door and catch the pull-cord or trip the release latch. To prevent this, remove the pull-cord and tape the hinged latch. Watch the YouTube video “Breaking into a Garage in 6 Seconds.”

Call the San Diego Police Department’s non-emergency line at 858-484-3154 immediately if you see suspicious activity. Call 911 if you see a crime in progress or if you fear for your safety. To join SRCANW and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] and register. To reach us, email us at [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Police Urge Safety Near Schools

Child safety should be the first and foremost consideration when dropping off and picking up a child from school. This being said, sometimes the parents who are the most careful about safety with their own child are often the first to speed away from the curb, which can endanger other children and drivers in their haste to leave.

Police receive numerous complaints from school officials, parents, and residents reporting hazards, double parking, speeding through school zones, making illegal U-turns, parking in red zones, not watching for children darting between cars, children running across the street, crossing diagonally through intersections, and many more dangerous actions.

We all need to take responsibility and work together for our children as well as for other drivers in our community. Parents, educate your child regardless of age—from preschool through high school. Make sure you know the safety rules near your child’s school. Lead by example and discuss the rules with your child. If children are required to use designated crosswalks, please don’t walk your child across the middle of the street.

Many times parents and drivers justify a reason to be the exception to the rule. For example if the curb or sign says “No Parking” or “No Stopping Anytime,” the sign applies to everyone—including you! The excuse, “It’s just for a minute or two,” does not justify what you are doing.

We all need to resist the urge to speed or make exceptions because we are running late. Do not have your child dash away just because the bell rang. It’s better to be tardy than to be in an accident, get hurt, or get a pricey ticket. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Be observant! Refrain from using your cell phone. This advice is for all motorists anytime they are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle but especially when driving around schools. There are spontaneous unexpected actions; we need to be ready to react at any given second.

Just a couple more tips: slow down; stop for the flashing lights of school buses loading or unloading students; and, when making that right turn at the corner, expect a pedestrian may step off the curb.

San Diego police want you to be a safer driver especially near schools, but most of all we want children to be safe. A well organized and non-rushed morning starts the day on a positive tone for everyone.

Officer Shannah Kanoa, SDPD Community Service Officer

AEDs Placed in Northeastern Division Police Cars

Councilmember Mark Kersey is funding five Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to put in patrol cars that operate out of the San Diego Police Department’s Northeastern Division, which covers Scripps Ranch. AEDs are used to help people who go into cardiac arrest.

In addition, Mark committed to purchase five AEDs—$1,500 each—annually until every police vehicle in the division has one. The funds come from the District 5 Community Projects, Programs, and Services Fund. The AEDs will be provided in partnership with San Diego Project Heart Beat. Mark said he hopes this inspires others to help Project Heart Beat reach its goal to have AEDs become as easily available as fire extinguishers.

Serve Our Community!

Serve: to furnish or supply with something needed or desired. The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) needs you to “serve” our community. Why? The RSVP has not only been a presence in our neighborhoods for 19 years, members also check on seniors living alone and perform vacation home checks. We drive by all the schools, banks, shopping centers, and community parks. We are visible six days a week! Why? We are people helping people—serving our community.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, and retired or semiretired. For more information, contact Jim Shulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156. You also can ride along with one of our units. Are you ready to serve? We hope so.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Marc Sorensen Named to City Committee

I am happy to report that longtime Scripps Ranch resident Marc Sorensen was named to the city of San Diego’s Municipal Golf Committee. Marc will serve on the 11-member committee and advise the Park and Recreation Board, mayor, and City Council on policy issues relating to the city’s three municipal golf courses at Balboa Park, Mission Bay, and Torrey Pines. He is an avid golfer and member of the Torrey Pines Men’s Golf Club.

Marc is an active member of the community, having served twice as Scripps Ranch Civic Association president. He serves on the Scripps Ranch Planning Group, has chaired that committee in the past, and is chair of the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council, which he has served on for more than 20 years. It is always great to have District 5 representation on our city committees, and I could think of no one better to fulfill this role than Marc.

The city continues to look for qualified candidates for a variety of committees, boards, and commissions. For a list, please visit [www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/boards-commissions]. If you are interested in volunteering, please email council representative Tiffany Vinson at [[email protected]].

Councilmember Mark Kersey, District 5

Scripps Ranch Garage Sale and Spring Clean-Up Day

Each spring Coldwell Banker Residential sponsors the communitywide SRCA Garage Sale. This year’s event is on Saturday, Apr. 26, from 7:30 am to noon. To place your home on the Garage Sale map, please call 578-5510, ext. 300. If you are a shopper, you can pick up Garage Sale maps up at the Coldwell Banker office starting at 7:15 am that Saturday.

The following Saturday, May 3, is Spring Clean-Up Day. Get rid of those items you don’t want anymore. Check the April SRCA Newsletter for more details.

Celebration for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited as guests of honor to a brunch celebration on Saturday, Mar. 29, at 11 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. The program will include inspirational speakers, musical and dance performances, raffle and gift items, food, and beverages. This free event is sponsored by the Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch.

For more information and to RSVP or to donate your services, please contact Juliann Li at [[email protected]] by Saturday, Mar 22. For details about Relay For Life, please contact Prima Bernabe at [[email protected]].